How to BLESS Others: The Art of Authentic Evangelization
Do you feel a desire to share your faith but worry about coming across as pushy or insincere? I get it. When I go into a relationship with the motive to evangelize, it can be hard to feel genuine. That’s why I want to share some practical ways with you to engage others naturally, without any hint of proselytizing.
In today’s episode, I delve into the distinction between true evangelization and proselytism, drawing insights from Pope Francis. Together, we’ll explore the BLESS method – a practical acronym designed to help us engage with others in a way that feels authentic. And here’s a reassuring reminder: none of this is about success. Our Heavenly Father loves you just for trying, just for joining your heart to His, which longs for the return of the lost sheep.
Here’s what you’ll take away:
- The Distinction Between Evangelization and Proselytism: Understand the difference between true evangelization, driven by love and witness, and proselytism, characterized by manipulation and self-gain.
- The BLESS Method: Discover a practical approach to engage with others naturally through prayer, active listening, shared meals, serving, and sharing your faith.
- The Joy of Trying: Learn how being present in people’s lives, actively listening, and serving their needs create opportunities for genuine and meaningful connections, setting the stage for sharing your faith.
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Jim Jansen – Director of the Parish Support Team, Archdiocese of Omaha